Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection
What We Love
- Guests can request a featherbed for their mattress when they arrive at no additional charge
- Windows in the guestrooms actually open
- Free WiFi
- READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY
What To Know
- Streetside and deluxe rooms can get noisy; request a room on a higher floor
- Geared toward couples, not families
- No on-site fitness center, but guests of the hotel get passes to nearby New York Sports Club
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Dark wood furniture and red velvet accents set the mood in this 1920s boutique hotel, a throwback that nods to Hollywood glamour. Named for one of New York’s top French restaurants of that time, the Hotel Elysée was once a favorite of New York’s rich and famous. Today the 100-room spot hosts travelers looking for a great location and locals power-lunching at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar.
Bed and Bath
The 100 guestrooms have a European flair, with antique-style armoires and writing desks and a lush mix of stripes, florals and brocades. Modern amenities include large (but well-hidden) flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Marble bathrooms spoil guests with stately pedestal sinks and Gilchrist & Soames products.
The hotel’s Monkey Bar is such a New York legend that it’s gotten almost as much screen time (Mad Men, Sex and the City) as the celebs who dine here. Try to reserve one of the round booths lining the walls beneath the 1950s murals for the best views of the power lunchers and New York characters downing dirty martinis. Plus, in a throwback to the 1920s, the hotel offers a weekday cocktail reception from 5 to 8 p.m., with champagne, fine wines and plenty of hors d’oeuvres.
How to Get There
When my sister and I traveled to NYC to celebrate my 65th birthday, I wanted to stay at a nice hotel that was in walking distance to theaters, museums and subway stops. I chose Hotel Elysee after reading numerous reviews and then discussing with a friend who had recently stayed there.
From our arrival, where we were warmly greeted by the doorman and welcomed by the front desk staff, I knew we were in for a treat! Hotel Elysee reminds me of a European hotel that is quaint, small yet luxurious. The rooms are large by NYC standards and with 2 beds, we still have ample room to be comfortable. Because I was celebrating my 65th birthday, a bottle of wine and a box of chocolates were waiting for me in my room which was an unexpected surprise and such a nice touch!
The beds were extremely comfortable and quality linens and we appreciated being able to control our own temperature level which allowed for cooler temperatures at night which afforded quality and restful sleeping. Nice toiletries in the bathroom, in room safe which we used and 2 bottles of water provided each day!
A lovely breakfast is provided each day which fueled us until early afternoon. If you are lazy and don't want to venture down for breakfast, they will even deliver it to your room for only $5 per person. The fruit was ripe and so delicious, excellent yogurt, pastries, cereals, etc. Fruit, cookies, tea and coffee are also available all day long.
The afternoon Happy Hour is 3 hours in length which is perfect to stop by on the way home from a day of sightseeing or stop by before heading out to the theater or dinner. Lovely selection of wines and prosecco were offered as well as veggies, dip, cheese, crackers, olives and nuts. It was so inviting to sit down on the couches and relax and chat with other guests and hear where they were from and what they were doing in the city.
The staff is extremely helpful with directions, cabs, explaining subway stops as well as dinner reservations and treat you like a celebrity as well as family. I could go on and on but I think that you get the picture that Hotel Elysee is now the only place that I will be staying when in New York.
Chose to stay at the Hotel Elysee by Library, New York based on recommendation and I wasn’t disappointed. A cheery welcome from the doorman Gary and an escorted introduction to my room was very welcome after a long day of travel. The style is old world, the corridors and rooms peppered with antiques real or otherwise. The bed was very comfortable and the corner King Room to the front was very roomy. The second floor is the hotel’s hub, a pleasant lounge area doubling as the venue for the complimentary continental breakfast, an evening complimentary happy hour, and all-night beverages and biscuits. The room is well used with some patrons lounging on couches late into the evening, doing their thing while listening to soft melodic jazz in the background. The continental breakfast was perfect… beautiful fruit salad, cereals, bakery items and coffee and tea. The friendly staff will toast items for you and make you a latte if that’s your preference. And then they’re back pouring red, white and sparkling in the evening and replenishing the cheeseboard and snacks. The only negative for me was the WIFI. Our room seemed to have some issue connecting despite the hotel recently installing new routers. After two days of my six-day stay, the hotel upgraded us to a king suite with separate lounge and kitchenette. The WIFI situation was solved and the room was a treat. The measure of a good hotel is how they deal with problems; the Hotel Elysee showed why it rates so well with its visitors.
Excellent location for walking and the subway. Wonderful Hotel with lots of character, comfy beds, nice staff, delicious breakfast and awesome wine and cheese!
And the Monkey Bar for a drink with the pianist - had a great time!
Love NY!! Will be back!
Just come back from our first visit in New York, and with so many places to choose from its always a bit of a lottery to find a good place to stay but the Elysee really was a great find. The staff were always friendly and helpful and the rooms were nicely decorated and clean, the view from our room was not the best but it was nice and quiet which is a real bonus in such a busy place. Breakfast was not extensive, but to be honest I did not visit the city to spend the time eating,and there was more than sufficient choice to start the day. The cheese and wine in the afternoon was a nice touch and again, the staff there were always on hand to give a top up! Happy to recommend the Elysee to friends..
This hotel was great - clean, safe, as quiet as a midtown location could be for sleeping. Not your usual chain hotel - lots of character. I would definitely stay here again. One thing - I wish there were more gluten free breakfast options.